WRITER: DISA LUBKER
CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: May 10, 2002
Two UI students win Gunderson Scholarships for study abroad
Two University of Iowa students have been awarded the Naomi Gunderson Scholarship
for Foreign Language Study Abroad. Troy Morgan, a UI senior from Ottumwa,
was awarded $2,000, and Nana Diederichs, a UI junior from Cresco, was awarded
$1,000 for study abroad during the 2002-2003 academic year.
Morgan, a Russian major and history minor, will study in Russia through
the American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR) during the 2002-2003 academic
Diederichs, a comparative literature major and French minor, will study
in Paris, France, at the CIEE Critical Studies Program during the fall of
These highly competitive scholarships are awarded annually to UI undergraduate
students to develop advanced proficiency in a foreign language while studying
abroad. Preference for the award is given to students who speak a language
taught at the UI and who plan to study for a full academic year at a foreign
The scholarship was created in memory of Naomi Gunderson, a UI alumna who
earned a bachelor's degree in 1916 and a master's degree in 1919. Gunderson
taught English, Spanish and Latin at high schools in Iowa and California.
Having studied abroad several times during her college career, Gunderson created
the scholarship to enable UI students to experience foreign cultures.
For more information on the Naomi Gunderson Scholarship, call the UI Office
for Study Abroad at (319) 335-0353.
The Office for Study Abroad is part of International Programs, which consists
of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research
projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for
International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the
campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and training.